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UN Secretary-General Addresses Opening of UN/ISDR Office and Education and Training Institute [viewed]

© UN11 August 2009: Speaking in Incheon, Republic of Korea, at the opening of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) office and the UN/ISDR Education and Training Institute for Urban Risk Reduction, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that “climate risk is adding a new dimension to disaster risk” and that rapid urban growth is increasing vulnerability.

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UNEP Announces India's Aim to Set New Tree Planting Record [viewed]

© UNEP11 August 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), as part of its Billion Tree Campaign, has announced that India will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record by planting 600,000 trees in 24 hours on 12 August 2009.

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UN Global Compact to Set Up Climate Change Think Tank on US Contaminated Site [viewed]

© UN11 August 2009: The UN has announced that one of the US' most polluted sites, contaminated by heavy metals and radiation, will be redeveloped as a green technology complex.

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WMO and IAEA Collaborate to Improve Atmospheric Research Using Radon [viewed]

10 August 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are collaborating to improve atmospheric investigations that use radon.

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CBD Secretariat Calls for Comments on Draft Scientific Synthesis on the Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity [viewed]

10 August 2009: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is inviting participation in the peer review of the draft report “Scientific Synthesis on the Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity.”

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FAO Releases Working Paper on Sustainable Forest Management in Latin America [viewed]

© FAO July 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released its 12th working paper, titled “Towards National Financing Strategies for Sustainable Forest Management in Latin America: Overview of the Present Situation and the Experience in Selected Countries.”

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UNEP Report Illustrates How Energy Spending Stimulates Economic Growth and Creates Jobs [viewed]

© COPYRIGHTFOTO3 August 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Sustainable Energy Finance Initiative Public Finance Alliance (SEF Alliance) has published a report titled “Why Clean Energy Public Investment Makes Economic Sense – The Evidence Base,” which compiles and assesses evidence linking government clean energy spending with key indicators of economic health, such as job creation and growth.

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UNEP Announces UNIFEM Joins Seal the Deal [viewed]

© UNEP4 August 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) has joined several other UN agencies and organizations that are encouraging governments to reach an ambitious and effective global climate agreement in Copenhagen this December, by supporting the UN's “Seal the Deal!” campaign.

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UNECE/FAO's Forest Products Annual Market Review Indicates an Increase in Use of Wood Energy [viewed]

© UNECE4 August 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have released the Forest Products Annual Market Review for 2008-2009, which indicates that the economic crisis has impacted severely the forest products sector across the UNECE region, except for the wood energy sector.

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UNEP Works with Two Nairobi Festivals on Climate Change [viewed]

© UNEP31 July 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) was involved in two festivals in Nairobi, Kenya, namely the Storymoja Hay Festival, held from 31 July-1 August, and Kenya's first green music festival, held on 2 August, that considered climate change.

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